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Extending GCP security to U.S. government customers through FedRAMP authorizationExtending GCP security to U.S. government customers through FedRAMP authorizationDirector

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 16:00:00 -0000

Google Cloud Platform (GCP), like all our products, is built with security as a core design and development principle. We go to great lengths to document how our infrastructure and platforms can help our customers keep their data safe. But third-party validation helps! That's why we're excited to announce that GCP and Google’s underlying common infrastructure have received the FedRAMP Rev. 4 Provisional Authorization to Operate (P-ATO) at the Moderate Impact level from the FedRAMP Joint Authorization Board (JAB).

FedRAMP is a U.S. government-wide program that provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services. FedRAMP compliance is an involved process with a high quality bar for cloud data security, and a JAB Provisional Authorization requires a rigorous technical review process.

Google runs on the same infrastructure that we make available to our customers. With this authorization, we’re demonstrating our commitment to extending the benefit of GCP security to United States federal, state and local government customers. While the ATO formally meets requirements applicable to U.S. government agencies, the detailed FedRAMP documentation and audit validation is a useful standard regarding our approach to security. This authorization also enables vendors seeking their own FedRAMP certification to inherit IaaS and PaaS controls from GCP. This significantly reduces their costs and barriers for FedRAMP authorization on top of GCP. GCP’s certification encompasses data centers in many countries, so customers can take advantage of this certification from multiple Google Cloud regions.

G Suite and parts of GCP have had current FedRAMP Moderate authorizations from the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). This JAB P-ATO expands these authorizations, and makes 49 GCP products now FedRAMP-approved. Google’s FedRAMP status is posted on the FedRAMP Marketplace, and the complete list of validated products and services can be found on our compliance page. And we’ll continue to update you as we add more services to the authorization.

Agencies and federal contractors can request access to the JAB P-ATO package by submitting a FedRAMP Package Access Request Form and begin to move through the authorization process to achieve an ATO using GCP.

We know our customers and regulators expect independent verification of our security, privacy and compliance controls, and we’re committed to continued investment in third-party certifications and validations while maintaining our focus on best-in-class security. For more information on our ongoing compliance efforts, visit our compliance page.


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Cloud Identity: Manage users, devices and apps in one locationCloud Identity: Manage users, devices and apps in one locationSenior Product Manager

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 16:00:00 -0000

Whether we’re collaborating with teammates in different parts of the world, troubleshooting client issues on location, or checking email on the way to the airport, cloud apps and mobile devices have fundamentally changed the way we work. But they’ve also changed the way businesses need to approach security.Today, the average user works on three or more devices, and needs quick access to the business apps they rely on so they can work wherever, and whenever, they need to. At the same time, IT administrators are challenged to stay on top of an ever-evolving ecosystem of users, apps and devices.At Google we’ve faced these challenges firsthand, and have applied what we learned from our experience managing billions of consumer and enterprise identities to bring you Cloud Identity. With Cloud Identity, employees get simple, secure access to their business-critical apps and devices, while administrators get the tools they need to manage it all in one unified location.Simple access for users, simple control for administratorsCloud Identity gives people simple, one-click access to the apps they need so they can work from anywhere, on any device. This means employees can focus on their work, while admins can manage identities, associated apps and devices at scale from one integrated console as people join, move within, and leave an organization.Cloud Identity’s single sign-on supports SAML 2.0 and OpenID, and works with hundreds of applications out of the box, including Salesforce, SAP SuccessFactors and Box as well as G Suite apps like Docs or Drive. And for organizations using GCP resources, Cloud Identity provides additional controls for managing users and groups across their hybrid on-premises and cloud infrastructures.Work anywhere, secure everywhereGone are the days when employees worked from one computer at their office to get the job done. Today, they need the freedom to work from anywhere, and understanding that context—what they need to do, where, and with what device—is what should guide enterprise access. Having the right mobile device and application management posture for this is paramount.Cloud Identity includes robust mobile device management for Android and iOS with many features like account wipe and passcode enforcement automatically enabled for users. Admins can use one integrated console to implement screen locks, find devices , enforce two-step verification and phishing-resistant security keys, and manage Chrome Browser usage. They also get security reports and analytics for things like suspicious logins, user activity reports and audits, and logins to third-party apps, sites and extensions.Integration partners like Salesforce have told us they’ve benefited from these additional security postures. “With the combination of the Salesforce Platform and Cloud Identity's robust support for Security Keys and Chrome management, companies can focus on delivering customer success with confidence that they're providing the right service, to the right user, at the right time,” says Chuck Mortimore, SVP of Identity & Security Product Management at Salesforce.Open standards, open ecosystemBecause of Google’s commitment to open standards in the security space, Cloud Identity was built to be open. It’s easy for customers to seamlessly integrate other cloud and on-premises directories with Cloud Identity. We’re also continuing to work with our strong ecosystem of identity partners so that customers can choose the best solutions to meet their requirements across hybrid-deployments.We’re a team of six, but Cloud Identity helps us manage our identity lifecycle management at scale. Daniel Tehrani VP of Information Technology at HealthChannelsAll the functionality you need in one licenseCloud Identity was built to give enterprises all the functionality they need right out of the box. That means businesses have the right tools to protect their users, devices and data all in one place—without needing to add other solutions or licenses.Over the past few months, we’ve work[...]

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Now the Google Assistant can take care of your IOUsNow the Google Assistant can take care of your IOUsProduct Manager

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 15:00:00 -0000

When the weekend’s over, chances are someone owes you (or you owe someone) money for something—Friday night's concert tickets, Saturday afternoon's barbecue supplies, or Sunday’s matinee at the movies. Starting today, you can ask your Google Assistant to pay your friends back with Google Pay, so you can spend more time having fun and less time dealing with the hassle of paying each other back.

You can easily send or request money from your contacts—for free—using the Assistant on Android and iOS phones in the U.S. In the coming months, you’ll be able to send money on voice-activated speakers like Google Home.

No worries if you haven't already signed up for Google Pay—you'll be prompted to set up your account as soon as you ask the Assistant to send money to your contacts. Funds are transferred almost instantaneously, even if the recipient doesn’t have a Google Pay account. Your friends and family will receive an email, text message, or notification if they’re already have the Google Pay app installed, so they can cash out.


To get started, just say “Hey Google, request $20 from Sam for the show tonight” or “Hey Google, send Jane $15 for lunch today” and let your Google Assistant do the rest.


A smarter search for files on your phone with Files GoA smarter search for files on your phone with Files GoProduct Manager

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 13:30:00 -0000

We built Files Go to help Android users free up space, find files quickly and share them offline with people nearby. Today, based on feedback we’ve heard over the last three months, we’re introducing three more features to the app to make it even more useful:

  • File search: You should be able to search for files on your phone just like you search the internet. Files Go is now bringing Google’s expertise at search—including instant results, search history, autocomplete and filters—to file management. Now, when you open the Files tab, you can tap the search icon and find all of your files on your phone in a split second. And best of all, it works offline.
  • Show the location of duplicates: From the start, Files Go has made it easy to free up space by removing duplicate files, but people have told us that they’d like to see where these files are located on the phone before they get deleted. So now when Files Go suggests duplicate files for removal, you can long press on the thumbnail, tap the “i” icon and see the location of the file.
  • Remove backed up photos and videos: Files Go now works seamlessly with Google Photos. Once your photos and videos are safely backed up in Google Photos, Files Go can detect that and prompt you to delete those files so you free up more space.

We’re excited for you to try these new features, and if you have any thoughts, please leave us feedback in the app.


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The Android Security 2017 Year in Review has good news for enterprisesThe Android Security 2017 Year in Review has good news for enterprisesVice President of Security for Android, Play, Chrome OS

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 12:00:00 -0000

Device security is of paramount importance to enterprises. It’s why the Android Security team (and many other teams at Google) continuously work to improve protections across more than 2 billion active Android devices.To ensure customers, partners, and Android users are up to date on our ongoing work, we recently published the fourth annual Android Security Year in Review. This document details improvements to Google’s security offerings in Android, updated platform features, and key metrics that inform our initiatives.While the report provides a broad view of the breadth of the security work across the ecosystem, there are important highlights for our enterprise users.Enterprise-grade security in AndroidIn 2017 we launched Google Play Protect, Android’s built-in device, data, and apps security scanning technology. Google Play Protect protects users from potentially harmful apps (PHAs) in real-time and uses cloud-based services for analyzing device and app data to identify possible security concerns.Every day, Google Play Protect automatically reviews more than 50 billion apps, other potential sources of PHAs, and checks devices, warning users about potential harm. These automatic reviews enabled us to remove nearly 39 million PHAs last year.The installation of potentially harmful apps (PHAs) from outside the Google Play store saw a significant drop in 2016.Enterprises can leverage Google Play Protect with managed Google Play, a curated Google Play Store for enterprise customers. By using managed Google Play, an organization can ensure that team members are selecting prescribed apps for work that are secured through Google Play Protect. Last year, the number of 30-day active devices running managed Google Play increased by 2,000 percent.We also introduced a bundle of new security features in Android Oreo, making it safer to get apps, dropping insecure network protocols, providing more user control over identifiers, and hardening the kernel.In its second year, the Android Security Rewards program paid researchers $1.28 million in 2017 for work identifying potential vulnerabilities in Android. We also introduced the Google Play Security Rewards Program for developers that discover and disclose select critical vulnerabilities in apps hosted on Play.Additionally we launched zero-touch enrollment, a fast and secure method for simplified provisioning of corporate-distributed devices. Our focus on security starts from the moment a device is powered on, through deployment, and during daily interaction with apps and services.Looking aheadOur efforts continue into 2018. We recently launched the Android Enterprise Recommended program for OEMs, which addresses the pain point that many organizations face when choosing devices for large deployments. Our program features a curated selection of devices that meet common requirements for security (including which devices are getting regular security patches), and supported features, all validated by Google.For a more detailed look at all of the Android security improvements during the last year, see the dedicated Security Blog or read the full security report at[...]

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The fight against illegal deforestation with TensorFlowThe fight against illegal deforestation with TensorFlowFounder and CEO, Rainforest Connection

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:55:00 -0000

Editor’s Note: Rainforest Connection is using technology to protect the rainforest. Founder and CEO Topher White shares how TensorFlow, Google’s open-source machine learning framework, aids in their efforts.For me, growing up in the 80s and 90s, the phrase “Save the Rainforest” was a directive that barely progressed over the years. The appeal was clear, but the threat was abstract and distant. And the solution (if there was one) seemed difficult to grasp. Since then, other worries—even harder to grasp in their immediacy and scope—have come to dominate our conversations: climate change, as an example.So many of us believe that technology has a crucial role to play in fighting climate change, but few are as aware that “Saving the Rainforest” and fighting climate change are nearly one and the same. By the numbers, destruction of forests accounts for nearly one-fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions every year. And in the tropical rainforest deforestation accelerated on the heels of rampant logging—up to 90 percent of which is done illegally and under the radar.Stopping illegal logging and protecting the world’s rainforests may be the fastest, cheapest way for humanity to slow climate change. And who’s best suited to protect the rainforest? The locals and the indigenous tribes that have lived there for generations.Rainforest Connection is a group of engineers and developers focused on building technology to help locals—like the Tembé tribe from central Amazon—protect their land, and in the process, protect the rest of us from the effects of climate change. Chief Naldo Tembé reached out to me a couple years ago seeking to collaborate on ways technology could help stop illegal loggers from destroying their land. Together, we embarked on an ambitious plan to address this issue using recycled cell phones and machine learning.Our team has built the world’s first scalable, real-time detection and alert system for logging and environmental conservation in the rainforest. Building hardware that will survive in the rainforest is challenging, but we’re using what’s already there: the trees. We’ve hidden modified smartphones powered with solar panels—called “Guardian” devices—in trees in threatened areas, and continuously monitor the sounds of the forest, sending all audio up to our cloud-based servers over the standard, local cell-­phone network.GuardianDevice.jpgA recycled Android phone is transformed into a solar-powered acoustic monitoring device that listens to sounds of illegal logging in the area.SearchOn_Brazil_2258.jpgTopher and a Tembé tribesman hide a solar-powered acoustic monitoring device high up on a tree.TopherGraceInstallsGuardianInTree1.jpgA member of the Tembé tribe climbs down, having just installed another acoustic monitoring device that listens for sounds of chainsaws and logging trucks.Tembe_Story1201170101.jpgTopher works with the Tembé tribe to analyze the sound data captured by the hidden cell phone devices using TensorFlow.Once the audio is in the cloud, we use TensorFlow, Google’s machine learning framework, to analyze all the auditory data in real-time and listen for chainsaws, logging trucks and other sounds of illegal activity that can help us pinpoint problems in the forest. Audio pours in constantly from every phone, 24 hours a day, every day, and the stakes of missed detections are high.That’s why we’ve come to use TensorFlow, due to its ability to analyze every layer of our data heavy detection process. The versatility of the machine learning framework empowers us to use a wide range of AI techniques with Deep Learning on one unified platform. This allows us to tweak our audio inputs and improve detection quality. Without the help of machine learning, this process is impossible. When fighting deforestation, every improvement can mean one more saved tree.The next step is to involve those who will inherit the planet [...]

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#LetsGuide: Someone out there needs a guide like you#LetsGuide: Someone out there needs a guide like you

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 16:00:00 -0000

There are at least seven kinds of Local Guides who share their knowledge on Google Maps. And there are many more reasons that people in the Local Guides community help others discover the right places in cities around the world. Our #LetsGuide campaign shows what our Local Guides are into, from the dog parks they photograph to every coffee shop they obsessively review. Even if you’re not a Local Guide (and you can be one, too), you can put topics that matter to you on the Map.

One of the best ways? Make lists.

Just check out this Barcelonian with a “furry friend” who keeps an eye out for pet-friendly places. Or there are lists like Iconic Theatres in Buenos Aires, Places to Watch Cricket in Delhi, and this irresistible round-up of Tacos de Carnitas in Mexico City. Here are five tips for creating a Google Maps list that you’ll want the world to see:

  1. Give your list a clear title, so people know what it’s about. Feel free to add a little flair: “Jazz Clubs” are fun, but what about “Jazz Clubs with the Best Sax Solos in Lisbon”? 
  2. Say more about your list in the “Description” to let your personality shine through. For example: “Check out these spots in Barcelona if you’re a backpacker on a budget.” And don’t forget to add #LetsGuide!
  3. Include at least five local places that fit your theme.
  4. Use the Comments field (on desktop and Android) to add details like your favorite item on the menu or a can’t-miss exhibit.
  5. Make the list public by going to Sharing options, and post it on social with #LetsGuide
For first-timers, there are two ways to get started. You can either search for a place you want to put on your the list, open it, and tap "SAVE." Or start with your title, by going to the Google Maps menu, tapping "Your places," then "SAVED," and the + sign at the bottom right of your screen.

We’ll be featuring our favorite lists on our Twitter, Facebook, and Google+ pages, so make sure to use #LetsGuide when you share your lists on social and we might feature yours. Need a little inspiration to get started? Check out our #LetsGuide wheel for some ideas of the types of people you can help.

(image) Tips from Local Guides on how to make lists on Google Maps.

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Helping G Suite customers stay secure with new proactive phishing protections and management controlsHelping G Suite customers stay secure with new proactive phishing protections and management controlsDirector of Security, Trust and Privacy

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:00:00 -0000

Security tools are only effective at stopping threats if they are deployed and managed at scale, but getting everyone in your organization to adopt these tools ultimately hinges on how easy they are to use. It’s for this reason that G Suite has always aimed to give IT admins simpler ways to manage access, control devices, ensure compliance and keep data secure.Today we announced more than 20 updates to deepen and expand Google Cloud customers’ control over their security. Many of these features will be turned on by default for G Suite so that you can be sure the right protections are in place for your organization. And, even better, in most cases your users won’t have to do a thing. Here’s the break down.1. Helping to protect your users and organization with new advanced anti-phishing capabilitiesWe're applying machine learning (ML) to billions of threat indicators and evolving our models to quickly identify what could be a phishing attack in the making. Information from these self-learning ML models helps us flag suspicious content. At the same time, updated phishing security controls can be configured to automatically switch on the latest Google-recommended defenses.These new default-on protections can:Automatically flag emails from untrusted senders that have encrypted attachments or embedded scripts. Warn against email that tries to spoof employee names or that comes from a domain that looks similar to your own domain.Offer enhanced protections against spear phishing attacks by flagging unauthenticated email.Scan images for phishing indicators and expand shortened URLs to uncover malicious links.With the protections we have in place, more than 99.9% of Business Email Compromise (BEC) scenarios—or when someone impersonates an executive to get sensitive information—are either automatically moved to the spam folder or flagged with anomaly warnings to users.2. Giving you more control over mobile devices with default-on mobile managementSecuring endpoints like mobile devices is one of the best ways for businesses to keep data safe. More than 7 million devices are already managed with G Suite’s enterprise-grade mobile management solution. With new proactive security settings, basic device management is automatically enabled for your mobile devices that access G Suite.This means employees don’t have to install profiles on iOS and Android devices. It also means admins get added security management controls to help them:See which devices access corporate data in a single dashboard.Enforce pass codes and erase confidential data with selective account wipe for Android and iOS.Automatically protect Android and iOS devices, with no user intervention or device profile required.And you may have noticed we launched updates to Cloud Identity—a way for enterprises to manage users, apps and devices centrally. Cloud Identity includes user lifecycle management, account security, SSO, robust device and app management and unified reporting. Check it out.3. Offering you more visibility and insights to stay ahead of potential threatsIT admins who operate in the cloud seek tools, visibility and assistive insights to stop threats or gaps in operations before they become security incidents. This is why we introduced the security center for G Suite earlier this year. The security center is a tool that brings together security analytics, actionable insights and best practice recommendations from Google to help you protect your organization, data and users.Today, we’re introducing additions to the security center for G Suite including:New security charts to show OAuth activity and Business Email Compromise (BEC) scam threats that are specifically focused on phishing emails that may not have links.New mobile management charts to help IT admins examine activity analytics and show when devices have been hijacked, rooted or jailbroken, as well[...]

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New ways to secure businesses in the cloudNew ways to secure businesses in the cloudVice President of Security & Privacy

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:00:00 -0000

From collaboration tools that accelerate productivity, to platforms that spur innovation, to AI-powered tools that drive better customer insights, the cloud is increasingly where we turn to transform businesses. It’s also where an increasing number of enterprises are turning to help protect their data and stay secure.As Urs shared earlier this week, it’s been our belief from the beginning that if you put security first, everything else will follow. We continue to develop new ways to give our customers the capabilities they need to keep up with today’s ever-evolving security challenges. That’s why today we’re announcing more than 20 enhancements aimed to deepen and expand the control businesses have over their security environment. You can read all of our announcements in more detail on our posts covering Google Cloud Platform, G Suite and Chrome Enterprise updates. Here, we’d like to highlight three unique examples of our security functionality.Unprecedented control to better protect your dataGoogle Cloud was designed, built, and is operated with security top of mind—from our custom hardware like our Titan chip, to data encryption both at rest and in transit by default. On top of this foundation, our customers have the freedom to deploy their own security controls based on their unique needs and the level of assurance they require. Today, we’re announcing VPC Service Controls to add to our broad set of protections.Currently in alpha, VPC Service Controls help enterprises keep their sensitive data private while using GCP’s fully managed storage and data processing capabilities. Imagine constructing an invisible border around everything in an app that prevents its data from escaping, and having the power to set up, reconfigure and tear down these virtual perimeters at will. You can think of it like a firewall for API-based services on GCP. Well-defined VPC service controls can give admins a greater level of control to prevent data exfiltration from cloud services as a result of breaches or insider threats.With this managed service, enterprises can configure private communication between cloud resources and hybrid VPC networks. By expanding perimeter security from on-premise networks to data stored in GCP services, enterprises can feel confident running sensitive data workloads in the cloud.VPC Service Controls give admins even more precise control over which users can access GCP resources with Access Context Manager. Enterprises can create policies to grant access based on contextual attributes like user location, IP address and endpoint security status. These policies help ensure the appropriate level of protection is in place when allowing access to data in cloud resources from the internet.Google Cloud is the first cloud provider to offer virtual security perimeters for API-based services with simplicity, speed and flexibility that far exceeds what organizations can achieve in a physical, on-premises environment.Visibility into data risks, with actionable security insightsAs use of cloud services continues to grow, clear visibility into an organization’s cloud footprint and the security status of its infrastructure is more important than ever. Businesses need the right data and actionable insights to stop threats before security incidents turn into damaging breaches. To that end, we’re announcing Cloud Security Command Center, currently in alpha.Cloud Security Command Center is a security and data risk platform for GCP that helps enterprises gather data, identify threats and act on them before they result in business damage or loss. First, Cloud Security Command Center gives enterprises consolidated visibility into their cloud assets across App Engine, Compute Engine, Cloud Storage and Cloud Datastore. People can quickly understand the number of projects they have, what resources are[...]

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Supporting the growth of an Intelligent TaiwanSupporting the growth of an Intelligent TaiwanEngineering Director

Wed, 21 Mar 2018 02:00:00 -0000

In 2006, we set up our first office in Taiwan with just one employee. I had the honor of being that first employee. In the 12 years since then, we have grown our team to more than 2,000 employees, built a data center and opened a Google Cloud region. Our most rewarding expansion has been in growing our talent. Following the closure of our deal with HTC this year, Taiwan has become our largest engineering site in Asia.

As we’ve grown, so too has Taiwan’s importance to us as a research and innovation hub. World-class engineers in Taiwan have helped improve products like Android and Chrome, making them work better for the whole world. Taiwanese engineers have also researched, designed and built beautiful, high-end Android devices, like the Pixel 2.

More great products and experiences are still waiting to be created by Taiwan’s amazing talent, and we want to keep working with them. So today, at the “Intelligent Taiwan” event, we announced the next steps of our commitment to invest in Taiwanese talent.

This year, we will grow our team by more than 300 people, provide digital marketing training to more than 50,000 businesses and students, and train more than 5,000 Taiwanese students in artificial intelligence (AI) programming.

First, many of our 300 new hires will be engineers working on hardware and software, helping us create beautiful devices with the best technology and building on our decade long history of cooperating with incredible Taiwanese talent in this area. (Check out our jobs site for open roles.)

Of course, we plan to do a lot more than just hire people. We want to help all Taiwanese master the technology of the future.

So we are also empowering Taiwanese to participate in the digital economy. We will train 50,000 Taiwanese businesses and students in digital marketing over the next year through a combination of online and offline initiatives. Our Digital Garage program will provide a free and convenient online platform for digital marketing training, while offline facilities will soon be opened in Tainan and Taichung to cater to those who prefer face-to-face training.

Finally, we will help Taiwanese prepare for an AI-first future. We are holding a train-the-trainers program for teachers in locations across Taiwan. They will be given in-depth instruction and taken through our Machine Learning Crash Course initiative. The goal is for them to go on to educate a new generation of Taiwanese students in AI, starting with 5,000 students this year.

(image) We announce new initiatives to invest in and support Taiwanese talent.

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Early explorations with ARCore 1.0Early explorations with ARCore 1.0Product Manager

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:00:00 -0000

We recently launched ARCore 1.0 to give developers the ability to build powerful augmented reality apps that make your phone’s camera smarter. It works on over 100 million Android devices, on more than a dozen different device models, so now more people can use AR to interact with the world in inspiring new ways. While it’s only been a few weeks since launch, developers are already publishing new ARCore experiences on Google Play, across gaming, shopping and home, and creativity.GamingFor gaming, AR weaves the action right into the world around you, making the experience more immersive and unlocking a whole new way to play. Here are new titles built with ARCore:My Tamagotchi ForeverBANDAI NAMCO has released “My Tamagotchi Forever,” an experience in which players can raise Tamagotchi characters while building Tamatown, a virtual town you can play with in the real world.Walking Dead Our WorldImmerse yourself in the zombie apocalypse! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to defend your surroundings by fighting zombies in real-world environments. Walking Dead Our World is a great example of how to use Google Maps APIsand ARCore together to build a location-based AR game. It’s currently in pre-registration on Google Play, with a broader release planned soon.TendARTender Claws created TendAR, a game that features Guppy, a virtual fish that responds to users’ facial expressions and survives by “eating” other people’s emotions. The game was created by combining ARCore with Google Cloud APIs, which provides computer vision and object recognition. You can read more about how they created the experience in this case study. TendAR will be available to download starting in July 2018.Shopping & HomeAugmented reality can bring anything into your space, which helps when you’re trying to understand the size and scale of things before you buy or ship them. Here are a few experiences built by our retail partners to aid you in making smarter decisions:Pottery Barn 360 Room ViewWith Pottery Barn’s AR app, you can view furniture in your room to see how it pairs with your existing pieces, change the color and fabric of furniture before deciding which looks best, and can purchase what you’ve picked out directly from the app.eBayeBay is using AR to solve a specific challenge facing their community of sellers: what size shipping container is needed to send that product? With the “Which Box” feature in eBay’s app, sellers can visualize shipping boxes to determine which container size they need to send any product.Curate by Sotheby's International Realty, StreemIf you’re shopping for a new home or need help maintaining yours, AR can also come in handy. With ARCore, Sotheby’s International Realty is changing the way people stage furniture in the real estate world, and the Streem app connects customers with professionals to solve household maintenance requests.CreativityOver the last few months, we’ve been tinkering with experiments that show how AR can be used as a new creative medium for self-expression. We’ve worked with creators across different disciplines to explore what happens when AR is used by illustrators, choreographers, animators and more.Now, we’re inviting more people to experiment with this technology through an app that lets you make simple drawings in AR, and then share your creation with a short video. The caveat: it’s “Just a Line.”We’re open sourcing the core code of the app so developers can use it as a starting point for their own ARCore projects, and we’re excited to see what people create with Just a Line. Download it on Google Play.Anyone with an ARCore-enabled phone can jump into most of these experiences from the Play Store right now, and developers can get started building their own apps[...]

Furthering our New York investmentFurthering our New York investmentVP

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:15:00 -0000

It’s been 18 years since Google NYC first established our single-person sales “office” in a Starbucks on 86th St. After moving from 86th St to a more official space in Times Square, we settled into our current home at111 8th Ave in 2006. It’s been eight years since we purchased the building but not before taking on additional space as a tenant in Chelsea Market and 85 10th Ave. Today, we’re excited to announce we’ve closed a deal with Jamestown Properties to purchase the Manhattan Chelsea Market building for $2.4 billion.

Chelsea Market is a cornerstone of the Chelsea-Meatpacking district and has been serving the local community for over 20 years. The iconic ground floor market attracts visitors from all around the world and provides a great experience for foodies and shoppers alike. With our purchase of the building, we’ve agreed to work together with Jamestown to ensure a smooth transition with little or no impact to the community and tenants of the building. As part of this effort, Jamestown will continue to manage the retail and food hall.

Since our first days in New York, we’ve grown to roughly 7,000 employees, representing more than 70 countries and speaking 50+ languages. A broad range of Google’s engineering, product and business operations groups are represented at our New York office, with large teams focusing on projects including Search, Ads, Maps, YouTube, Cloud, Technical Infrastructure, Sales and Research.

This purchase further solidifies our commitment to New York, and we believe the Manhattan Chelsea Market will continue to be a great home for us and a vital part of the neighborhood and community. We're proud to be part of a city that's a cross section of so many industries and cultures, and as we look ahead to the next 18 years and beyond, we’ll continue to invest in our growth and commitment to the city.

(image) We’ve closed a deal with Jamestown Properties to purchase the Manhattan Chelsea Market building for $2.4 billion.

Elevating quality journalism on the open webElevating quality journalism on the open web

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:00:00 -0000

Over the past 20 years, we’ve grappled with the tension between the freedom of information the web enables and the need to ensure trust in information. Elevating accurate, quality content, and stemming the flow of misinformation is a challenge that requires collaboration across the news industry, the research community, and digital platforms.Here are some of the steps we're taking on the issue.Increasing the integrity of information we display during breaking newsDuring breaking news or crisis situations, stemming the tide of misinformation can be challenging. Speculation can outrun facts as legitimate news outlets on the ground are still investigating. At the same time, bad actors are publishing content on forums and social media with the intent to mislead and capture people’s attention as they rush to find trusted information online.To reduce the visibility of this type of content during crisis or breaking news events, we’ve improved our systems to put more emphasis on authoritative results over factors like freshness or relevancy. This builds on the search quality improvements we announced last year. At the moment, this is in only in the U.S. but we’ll roll it out globally in the coming months .There are comparable challenges on YouTube, which is learning from and adapting some of the work done by Google Search. YouTube now highlights relevant content from verified news sources in a “Breaking News” section on its homepage and in a “Top News” shelf in search results.   Collaborating with the industry to surface accurate informationGiving publishers the ability to better structure their data or embed quality signals can help platforms like Google more easily recognize quality content.  That’s why we’re involved in the Trust Project, which  developed eight indicators of trust publishers can use to better convey why their content should be seen as credible.There’s proof that applying these indicators helps builds trust and counters the negative impact of misinformation. For example, after the Trinity Mirror in the U.K. implemented the Trust Project, consumer trust in the newspaper increased by 8 percent.Building on that work, we’re partnering with the Credibility Coalition to drive the development of technical markers that can enable third party assessments of online content. This summer, in partnership with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)’s newly created community group, the Credibility Coalition will explore new approaches to analyze and assess the credibility of information online.In 2016 we introduced Fact Check tags in Google Newsto help people understand what they are clicking on and reading.  We’ve since expanded to other products like Google Search.  Today we’re  partnering with theNational Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine,The New York Times Health team and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to focus on the integrity and accuracy of health information found on the web.  And starting on April 2—International Fact-Checking Day—the Google News Initiative alongside theInternational Fact Check Network will offer advanced trainings on tools to distinguish misinformation online to more than 20,000 students globally.Many countries will hold elections in 2018, including Mexico, Brazil, Indonesia and the U.S. As part of our broader election work at Google to combat mis- and disinformation during election cycles and beyond, we’re providing support to our partner First Draftin the launch of a “Disinfo Lab.” Based at Harvard, the lab will employ journalists to leverage computational tools to monitor misinformation in the run-up to and during elections.We also want to support the global research community in their efforts to train new[...]

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Introducing Subscribe with GoogleIntroducing Subscribe with GoogleProject Management Director

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:00:00 -0000

If you’ve ever subscribed to a news site, you know that it can sometimes be an onerous task. This isn’t the publisher’s fault, it’s just the way websites work. You’ll have to type in your name, your email, maybe a username (no, not that username; it’s taken) and then make up a new password (no, not that password; you’ll need one with the special character and the two non-repeating numbers), and it doesn’t end there. You’ll have to fill in a bunch of credit card fields, which you probably don’t have committed to memory.Just like your password.Like you, we love journalism, but we’re less excited about filling in web forms and clicking on “forgot password” links. So today we’re announcing Subscribe with Google—the simple way to subscribe to news publications and maintain access everywhere: websites, apps, even search results.Making it easier to subscribe to premium contentSubscribe with Google lets you buy a subscription, using your Google account, on participating news sites. Select the publisher offer you’d like to buy, click “Subscribe,” and you’re done. You’ll automatically be signed in to the site, and you can pay–securely and privately—with any credit card you’ve used with Google in the past. From then on, you can then use “Sign In with Google” to access the publisher’s products, but Google does the billing, keeps your payment method secure, and makes it easy for you to manage your subscriptions all in one place.  Here’s a look at just how easy it will be on the Miami Herald:You’ll soon be able to subscribe with Google on any one of our launch partners, including Les Échos, Fairfax Media, Le Figaro, the Financial Times, Gatehouse Media, Grupo Globo, The Mainichi, McClatchy, La Nación, The New York Times, NRC Media, Le Parisien, Reforma, la Repubblica, The Telegraph, USA TODAY NETWORK andThe Washington Post—with more publishers coming soon.  Making it easier to enjoy your subscriptionsAfter subscribing, you’ll be able to access your subscription content whenever you’re signed in to your Google account. No more irritating paywalls popping up when you’ve already paid, and no more struggling to stay logged in when you switch from laptop to mobile device. Paying for a subscription is a clear indication that you value and trust your subscribed publication as a source. So we’ll also highlight those sources across Google surfaces, beginning with a dedicated module on Search. When you search for a news topic for which your subscribed publication has relevant results, we’ll showcase these so they’re easy for you to see and access—without disrupting search ranking for the rest of the page.But how can we help you get access to the subscriptions you already bought? Our goal is to make news subscriptions work better regardless of who you bought your subscription from. So Subscribe with Google will also allow you to link subscriptions purchased directly from publishers to your Google account—with the same benefits of easier and more persistent access.Calling all news publishers: let’s make subscriptions simple, togetherBack in October, we previewed our initial thoughts around Subscribe with Google. For the last six months, we’ve been holding working groups with participants from nearly 60 news organizations across 18 countries to review our ideas and collect feedback. We’ve experimented directly with a smaller number of partners to understand some of the implementation challenges they face, and we’re committed to building a product that works for publishers of various shapes and sizes.Our hope, shared by our early development partners—McClatchy, the Financial Times, and The Washington Post[...]

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The Google News Initiative: Building a stronger future for newsThe Google News Initiative: Building a stronger future for newsChief Business Officer

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 15:00:00 -0000

People come to Google looking for information they can trust, and that information often comes from the reporting of journalists and news organizations around the world. And while the demand for quality journalism is as high as it’s ever been, the business of journalism is under pressure, as publications around the world face challenges from an industry-wide transition to digital.That matters deeply to Google. After all, our mission to build a more informed world is inherently tied to the reporting of journalists and news organizations. Our shared mission also reflects shared business interests. Platforms like Search and YouTube depend on a healthy ecosystem of publishers producing great digital content. That’s why it’s so important to us that we help you drive sustainable revenue and businesses. Last year, we paid $12.6 billion to partners and we drove 10 billion clicks a month to publishers’ websites for free. It’s also why over the years, we’ve worked closely with the news industry to address key challenges. We worked with the industry to launch the open-source Accelerated Mobile Pages Project to improve the mobile web, YouTube Player for Publishers to simplify video distribution and reduce costs, Flexible Sampling to help with discovery of news content on Google, Google News Lab to provide newsrooms with trainings and editorial partnerships, and the Digital News Initiative to drive innovation in the European news industry.We invested a lot time and energy in these collaborations. But the hard truth is—all of this might not be enough. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to distinguish what’s true (and not true) online. Business models for journalism continue to change drastically. The rapid evolution of technology is challenging all institutions, including the news industry—to keep pace. We need to do more. That’s why we’re launching the Google News Initiative (GNI), our effort to help journalism thrive in the digital age. The GNI signifies a major milestone in Google’s 15-year commitment to the news industry, and will bring together everything we do in collaboration with the industry—across products, partnerships, and programs—to help build a stronger future for news.The GNI will build on these efforts and deepen our commitment to a news industry facing dramatic shifts in how journalism is created, consumed, and paid for. It’s focused on three objectives: Elevate and strengthen quality journalism  Evolve business models to drive sustainable growthEmpower news organizations through technological innovationElevate and strengthen quality journalismOver the past few years, we’ve worked with publishers to elevate accurate, quality content and stem the flow of misinformation and disinformation.On our own platforms, we’re focused on combating misinformation during breaking news situations.  Bad actors often target breaking news on Google platforms, increasing the likelihood that people are exposed to inaccurate content. So we’ve trained our systems to recognize these events and adjust our signals toward more authoritative content. There are comparable challenges on YouTube, and we’re taking a similar approach, highlighting relevant content from verified news sources in a “Top News” shelf.But we’re also working directly with news organizations to combat misinformation. We’re launching the Disinfo Lab alongside the First Draft to combat mis- and disinformation during elections and breaking news moments. Finally, to help consumers distinguish fact from fiction online,  we’re teaming up with the Poynter Institute, Stanford University, and the Local Media Association to launch MediaWise, a U.S. p[...]

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YouTube Director onsite helps small businesses make video adsYouTube Director onsite helps small businesses make video adsGroup Product Manager, YouTube

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:00:00 -0000

Every small business owner has a story to tell—whether it's how they started out, why their product or service is unique, or why customers buy from them. Video ads are an authentic and engaging way to reach your customers and show them what makes your business unique through the power of sight, sound, and motion.For business owners, creating a video ad to tell your story can be time-consuming, expensive, and challenging. Starting today,YouTube Director onsite is available in over 170 cities across the U.S. to help every business leverage YouTube's power and reach—over one billion users, which is almost one-third of all people on the internet.We created YouTube Director onsite to shorten the time and cost it takes for businesses to advertise on YouTube. When you commit to spending at least $350 advertising on YouTube through Google AdWords, YouTube Director onsite will set you up with an expert to film and edit a 30-second professional YouTube video. This video service—which typically runs anywhere from about $1,000 to $5,000—is free. You’ll only pay to promote your video ad on YouTube.Since we first launched YouTube Director onsite, we’ve produced many video ads for small businesses, saving each business countless hours of finding equipment, writing a script, and filming and editing the video. Aaron Cheney, the Marketing Director of Warmoth Guitar Products, started using YouTube Director onsite to reach new customers online. The video ad was a success with their target audience of guitar players on YouTube looking to repair or build a custom guitar. Aaron has seen a 13x return on ad spend and 130 percent increase in revenue from the video ad.By running video ads on YouTube, you’ll reach potential customers when they watch or search for videos—and you’ll only pay when they engage with your video. With TrueView for action, our new direct response video ad format announced last week, you’ll be able to customize a call-to-action to drive the outcome that’s most important to your business, like leads or referrals.Here’s how YouTube Director onsite works:Plan.Tell your filmmaker about your business—they’ll help you write a script and plan your video.Shoot.Your filmmaker will come to you to shoot your video. After, they'll edit the film and deliver the final cut in approximately 7-10 days.Advertise.A Google advertising expert will help you set up your video ad so you can reach the right customers for your business.We’re passionate about making video advertising possible for every business and helping businesses like Warmoth Guitar Products reach more customers. Be one of the first to try YouTube Director onsite in your city by scheduling a shoot with your filmmaker today.[...]Starting today, YouTube Director onsite is available in over 170 cities across the U.S. to help every business leverage YouTube's power and reach.

Introducing Google Play Instant, a faster way to try apps and gamesIntroducing Google Play Instant, a faster way to try apps and gamesProduct Manager, Google Play Instant

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:00:00 -0000

People all over the world come to Google Play to discover great games. In the last year, the number of Android users who installed a game has more than doubled. To help you discover new games or get to the ones you already love, we’ve redesigned our Google Play Games app. In the new “Arcade” tab, you can check out game video trailers or use tags like “New” or “Action” to find a particular type of game. We’ll also show you news and YouTube videos related to your favorite games to help you boost your skills and become a game master.


To make it even easier to dive right in and enjoy new apps and games on Android devices, we’re also introducing Google Play Instant. With Google Play Instant, you can just tap and try a game without having to download it first—whether you’re looking to storm a castle on Clash Royale or become a wordmaster with Words with Friends 2. Google Play Instant experiences will be available in the Google Play Store, the Google Play Games app, or wherever game links are shared. Today you can check out some of the titles from the Instant Gameplay collection. Love what you’re experiencing? Just tap the “Install now!” button to install the game.

To start, we’ll have a handful of games to play instantly on more than 1 billion Android devices worldwide. Check back later this year as more games become available to play right away.
(image) Introducing Google Play Instant, the newest, fastest way to try apps and games

Zendaya and help a community school bloomZendaya and help a community school

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 17:00:00 -0000

In 2015, Roses in Concrete Community School opened in East Oakland, California. With a name inspired by a book of poetry written by Tupac Shakur, the school aims to create a model for urban education that prioritizes the needs of youth and families in the community it serves. It’s founder, Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, believes education is the way to help young people understand that they can transform not only their community, but the world. By creating the conditions for our youngest change-makers to flourish, this education model can be a pathway to building healthy and sustainable communities across the U.S.In the school’s first year, provided $750,000 to help launch its unique vision. And last Friday at Google’s San Francisco community space, teachers, students, artists, education advocates, Googlers and Oakland-native actress Zendaya celebrated the announcement of our additional $650,000 grant to help the school build a first-of-its-kind computer science (CS) curriculum, which will serve as a model for other schools across the U.S. The curriculum will be culturally and community relevant, building on Duncan-Andrade’s philosophy that education shouldn’t push students out of communities, but should instead help students transform them.Research shows that Black and Latino students are interested in learning CS, but are underrepresented in the field due to limited access to learning opportunities, coupled with the lack of relatable role models. Through this new program, Roses in Concrete helps students see the connection between CS and their communities, and hopes to equip them with the skills they need to solve real problems, starting in their own neighborhood.The purpose of education is not to escape poverty, but to end it. Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade Founder of Roses in Concrete Community SchoolDuring the evening’s events, Roses students shared dance, art, and poetry performances for the crowd, which included Zendaya, an avid supporter of the school. Growing up in Oakland as the daughter of two teachers, she has fond memories of spending time in the same classrooms that now make up the Roses in Concrete campus, and credits pretending to grade papers as some of her earliest acting experience. During a student-led interview, Zendaya shared her appreciation for organizations like this progressive community school that are thoughtfully closing equity divides in her hometown. She encouraged the students to “Always lead with your heart and chase the happiness that fuels you,” and reminded them that technology is one possible medium for them to express themselves and make a positive difference.Jeff Duncan AndradeRoses founder Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade shares his philosophy that education shouldn’t push students out of communities, but should instead help students transform themZendaya interviewActress and Oakland-native Zendaya was interviewed by a Roses student and his motherZendaya audienceZendaya joined teachers, students, artists and education advocates to celebrate the announcement of a $650,000 grant to help Roses build a first-of-its-kind computer science curriculumZendaya artworkStudent artwork adorned the walls of Google’s San Francisco community space, where last week’s event was heldRevelationsThe night concluded with a moving performance set to Alvin Ailey’s ‘Revelations’As a lab school, Roses in Concrete will share this new curriculum with national school leaders, policy makers and researchers. And alongside Roses, we can identify more ways to provide meaningful CS experiences to students of color, and by doing so[...]

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Google Cloud Next '18—Registration now open!Google Cloud Next '18—Registration now open!VP of Marketing

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:00:00 -0000

Registration for Google Cloud Next ’18 isnow open—we hope you’ll join us July 24-26, 2018 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Each year at Next, we bring together a community of leaders, developers, and entrepreneurs to explore the ways we can build the future of the cloud, together. Join us to hear an inspiring line-up of industry innovators and Google executives including Diane Greene, CEO of Google Cloud.

Building on the energy of Next ‘17 with over 12,000 attendees, Next ‘18 will bring even more interesting keynotes, hundreds of hands-on learning opportunities, and 400 breakout and spotlight sessions on topics ranging from accessible machine learning to advances in security. We look forward to hearing from customers and partners building their businesses with Google Cloud Platform (GCP), G Suite, Maps and the latest technology across all of Google.

Space is limited, so we encourage you to secure your spot early and take advantage of the early-bird rate of $999, a savings of $500 off full-priced admission. You can learn more on the Next ’18 website.

We can’t wait to see you in July!

(image) Registration for Google Cloud Next ’18 is now open—we hope you’ll join us July 24-26, 2018 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

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Security in the cloudSecurity in the cloudSenior Vice President

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 16:00:00 -0000

Security is one of the biggest issues of our time. Countless companies and governments have lost data because of security incidents. And just one breach could cost millions in fines and lost business—and most importantly, lose customer trust.As a result, security is increasingly top of mind for CEOs and Boards of Directors. That’s why, this week, I’ll join Google Cloud CEO Diane Greene and many of our colleagues in New York, where we’ll meet with more than 100 CEOs to discuss security in the cloud.At its most basic level, security is a human issue. Whether performed by individuals or organizations, cybersecurity attacks are ultimately carried out by people, regardless of motive.Often these attacks rely on exploiting human nature, such as through phishing emails. And it’s people that they ultimately affect. By some accounts, 179 million personal records were exposed just in 2017 through data breaches.And as a human issue, security is something we can tackle together.Leveraging the cloud to protect against threatsCloud providers offer a vast army of experts to protect against threats—one far larger than almost any internal team a company could invest in. In fact, if businesses were to go it alone, there wouldn’t be enough security professionals in the world to adequately protect every single company and their users.In industries from financial services to healthcare to retail, companies are relying on the automation and scale offered by the cloud to protect their data and that of their customers—allowing their employees to focus on building their business. Many are coming to the same conclusion we have: In many cases, if you’re not moving to the cloud, you’re risking your business.Take the CPU vulnerabilities that were disclosed in January, for example. These were major discoveries; they rocked the tech industry. But for the most part, cloud customers could go about their business. Here at Google Cloud, we updated our infrastructure through Live Migration, which required no reboots, no customer downtime, and did not materially impact performance. In fact, we got calls from customers asking if we had updated our systems to protect against the vulnerabilities—because they experienced no impact.These won’t be the last security vulnerabilities to be uncovered; humans will never write perfect code. But the cloud makes it much easier to stay on top of them. The scale of the cloud security teams that find and mitigate emerging threats, the ability to update many systems at scale, and the automation to scan, update and protect users all contribute to cloud’s unique position to keep information and people secure.Security at Google CloudSecurity has been paramount to Google from the very beginning. (I would know!) We’ve been operating securely in the cloud for almost 20 years, and we have seven apps with more than a billion users that we protect from threats every single day, and GCP itself connects to more than a billion IPs every day. We believe that security empowers innovation—that if you put security first, everything else will follow.Security is in the details—and we pay attention at the most granular level. We were the first to introduce SSL email by default in 2010, we created the U2F security token standard in 2014, Chrome was the first browser to support post-quantum crypto in 2016, and in 2017 we introduced Titan, a purpose-built chip to establish hardware root of trust for both machines and peripherals on cloud infrastructure. These examples show the level of depth that we go into[...]

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